Loving Father,

In this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for the great gift of vocation that you bestow on those who you have called to religous life.

We give thanks for the lives of religous sisters, brothers and priests,who are living your gospel in so many different ways in every country on the earth.

In a special way, we give thanks for missionaries living in consecrated life around the world, walking with the poor and marginalised, often in places far away from their own home and family.

We pray that you will continue to bless missionaries eveywhere and to sustain them in a joyous living out of the vocation, tha they may bring the joy of the
gospel to all people, to the ends of the earth. 

Father, we thank you also for our many lay collaborators and partners in mission, who, by thier very presencein our lives, help us to live out our calling more fruitfully. Please bless them in their own vocations.

May the Year of Concescrated Life be a time of renewal, thanksgiving and joyous praise.

We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord,